This particular hibiscus soda is a tart and fruity mix of hibiscus flowers and lemon – a hibiscus lemonade, if you will, with an effervescent fizz! You can enjoy this beverage along with many more tantalizing recipes and  uniquely creative ideas in my book, “Soirée Entertaining with Style”.

2 1/3 cups sugar
3 cups hibiscus flowers
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (8 to 10 lemons)
6 cups sparkling water

1. Combine 6 cups water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and the liquid becomes clear; reduce heat and simmer, stirring continually, 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Add hibiscus flowers. Remove from heat and cover, letting sit until the simple syrup reaches room temperature. Strain and discard hibiscus flowers.

3. Combine lemon juice with cooled simple syrup mixture in a large pitcher. Add sparkling water to the pitcher and stir.

Tequila, rum, vodka, or gin complement this soda beautifully; add 2 ounces of your desired liquor per glass.